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Asm. O’Scanlon Says Senate Open Space Bill is Irresposible

12-20-13

The State Assembly has passed a bill that will let the voters decide if the state should borrow $200 million to preserve open spaces but the senate has a competing bill and Asm. Declan O’Scanlon told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that the senate’s option would be irresponsible.

O’Scanlon said that he was happy with the decision that the assembly made, “rather than go with the competing option with the senate, which would quite frankly wildly, irresponsibly try to dedicate $200 million a year to open space preservation.”

He said that he is all for fiscal responsibility and being honest with the people of New Jersey. The assembly’s version would cost $15 million a year, O’Scanlon said, which he think is much more attainable than $200 million.

The assembly is waiting to see if the senate will back off because a stalemate would be sad, O’Scanlon said.

“There is an opportunity here with the real estate market being what it is, to acquire pretty good amount of open space,” O’Scanlon said.

When asked what he thought Governor Christie would do with the bills, O’Scanlon said, “The governor has been firmly committed to fiscal responsibly. I haven’t heard from them directly but it’s not that hard to guess since the administration is made up of reasonable ration people. I don’t’ think they would sign the senate version because no one has come up with a way to to come up with $200 million.”